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February 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM
Sketched Jan. 30, 2013
Most people know the first Starbucks is at the Pike Place Market. But how about the first Tully’s?
Company founder Tom Tully O’Keefe told me it was in a shopping center near Panther Lake in Kent, but has been closed for more than a decade.
As far as he remembered, the next Tully’s coffee shops opened in Mercer Island, Clyde Hill and Capitol Hill soon after in the early ’90s. The one in Clyde Hill, a city on the Eastside I had yet to visit, used to be his home store when he lived in Medina. That’s where I headed to learn more about the coffee chain that was recently acquired by Global Baristas, an investment group led by TV star Patrick Dempsey.
Asked about what makes Tully’s different from other coffee shops, baristas and patrons told me the coffee is better, the staff friendlier and the atmosphere more intimate.
Janet Hollander, who stops by daily, gave me the most straightforward answer: the Madagascar Vanilla Latte. They don’t make her favorite drink anywhere else.
Coffee shop manager Joel Pearson has fixed drinks for the likes of Steve Ballmer and the Gates family since he started working here six years ago. That’s nothing to be surprised about, he said, given that Clyde Hill and the surrounding communities of Yarrow Point, Hunts Point and Medina rank at the top in the state based on per capita income.
Because of its location right off the 520 Highway, this Tully’s has also become a convenient destination for Seattle and Eastside professionals to meet, said Pearson, who guessed the number of people who spread out on the tables with their laptops in the “hundreds per week.”
Do you feel any strong affiliation to our homegrown coffee-shop chains? I invite you to share your comments here and on my Facebook page.
November 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM
Sketched Nov. 21, 2012
The authentic Swiss-style Edelweiss Chalet, home to Boehms Candies since 1956, was built by Julius Boehm, an Austrian immigrant who relocated his chocolate factory from Seattle to Issaquah to be closer to the mountains.
Since Boehm passed away in 1981, longtime employee and current owner Bernard Garbusjuk has carried on the tradition of making good chocolate and welcoming visitors to the factory and grounds, which include a replica of a 12th-century chapel that Boehm dedicated to fallen mountaineers.
Garbusjuk’s face lit up as people flocked into the store on the rainy day I was there. He marveled that people still make the trek to the chalet for holiday sweets.
“Isn’t it wonderful?” he said. “We are not just retail; we are a landmark.”
Mindi Reid, Boehms Candies in-house historian, said group tours of the chalet and the High Alpine Chapel (also known as the Luis Trenker Chapel) are offered by appointment during the winter months. In the summer, scheduled tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday. For more details and directions, visit Boehms site at boehmscandies.com.
June 14, 2011 at 8:15 PM
Sketched June 7, 4:10 p.m.
When I was at Bellevue’s Crossroads Shopping Center last week I took the opportunity to sketch another interesting outdoor art piece around the mall: the crocodile bench. It’s a bit hidden between bushes, so I’m not sure how many people know about it. I like it for its whimsy and wonder who created it.
If I had to meet someone there, I would use it as a rendezvous point. “Meet me at the crocodile bench.”
See previous sketches at Crossroads:
Farmers markets crop up
Good food and art intersect at Bellevue’s Crossroads Shopping Center
June 10, 2011 at 7:38 PM
Sketched June 7, 1:46 p.m.
With the summer solstice around the corner, seasonal farmers markets are back with colorful fresh produce you can buy directly from the growers.
“What sells the most now are asparagus, lettuce, garlic and onions,” said Ramona Lopez, a farmer from the Yakima Valley I met this week at Crossroads Farmers Market in Bellevue. Also in Lopez’s stall: bok choy, parsley, cilantro and dill. Coming next week: sugar snap peas. Expect cherries later in June and apricots, plums, watermelons and tomatoes in July.
Lopez, 44, and her son Rafael, 20, put in 18-hour days to bring the crops from their family-operated, 30-acre farmland in Sunnyside. Until September, you can find them in Bellevue on Tuesdays, Burien on Thursdays, Federal Way and Kent on Saturdays, and Renton on Sundays.
I’m looking forward to trying the bundle of asparagus I bought for $2.50. Lopez said it tastes great steamed, with barbecue sauce, or just fried in the pan with a little bit of butter.
Find a list and map of farmers markets at wafarmersmarkets.com.
A farmers market wouldn’t be the same without the live folksy music that takes your mind right to the fields. At Crossroads I sat to listen to the Southern-style tunes of Pickled Okra.
Sketched June 7, 2:38 p.m.
Coming up: My once-a-month exploration of Seattle-area communities following your recommendations is coming up. Where should I go? Send me your suggestions via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Have a great weekend!
May 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Sketched May 24, 12:48 p.m.
This tree in O.O. Denny Park on the northeast side of Lake Washington is so special it has its name written on a plaque: Sylvia. Once the largest living tree in King County, it grew to be 255 feet tall and 27 feet around before a storm blew away its top in 1993.
“Sylvia is symbolic of the beautiful, hidden riches of our area … one tree among many in an urban forest with remarkable old-growth vestiges,” said Francesca Lyman, a board member of the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance, a group dedicated to protecting Finn Hill, one of the greenest spots around the lake.
On June 1, this quiet residential community where Sylvia has lived for more than 600 years will officially become part of Kirkland. The annexation, which also includes the neighborhoods of North Juanita and Kingsgate, will make the eastside city the sixth-largest in the county and 12th in the state with nearly 80,000 residents — a 65 percent increase.
Lyman said the annexation may inspire more Kirkland residents to discover this little-known “enchanted forest” in their city and get to know the thousands of neighbors who appreciate it and enjoy it.
Sketched May 24, 11:23 a.m.
Lyman, above, and her friend Robin Rogers, shown on the top sketch next to “Sylvia,” along with her daughter Sally and granddaughter Mia –she’s carrying her on her back–, walk her dogs at O.O. Denny Park on a regular basis. “It’s dog heaven,” said Lyman, the proud owner of an 8-year-old collie named Toby.
O.O. Denny Park is named after Orion Orvil Denny, son of Seattle founder Arthur Denny. You can learn more about the park on this article at HistoryLink.org.
More sketches from my visit to Finn Hill:
I’m happy to drive through this toll booth
The greenest corner of Lake Washington
Coming up: Once a month, I explore Seattle-area communities following readers’ recommendations. Where should I go next? Send me your ideas via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Have a great weekend!
May 27, 2011 at 9:18 PM
Sketched May 23, 2:49 p.m.
During my visit to Finn Hill (see previous post) I stumbled upon a historic drive-thru espresso on Juanita Drive NE across from Village Mart.
Owner Katrina O’Malley said her stand used to be a toll booth on the 520-bridge from 1963 until 1979 (see a plaque she keeps inside.)
Some readers may remember those years of tolls at the longest floating bridge in the world, and more may remember when the drive-thru was called “Toll Booth Espresso” under a previous owner, said O’Malley, 36, who took over the business last December.
It’s interesting to think that history is catching up with this old metal box. As tolling starts again at the bridge soon, likely this summer, commuters who opt to drive around the lake to avoid the tolls may find themselves pulling up for coffee at this former check-point. At least that’s what O’Malley is hoping for.
Sketched May 23, 2:10 p.m.
Rewind: I spent a day sketching on the 520 bridge back in February. See the post here if you missed it.
May 26, 2011 at 3:14 PM
Sketched May 23, 4:24 p.m. [Click to view larger] [Sketch location on my Sketcher Google Map]
My once-a-month exploration of different communities in the Seattle area took me to Finn Hill this week (See previous dispatches from White Center, Beacon Hill and Shoreline). This quiet and largely residential neighborhood on the northeast side of Lake Washington will officially become part of Kirkland on June 1st.
Even though I found a few pockets of new development here and there –like the one pictured in my sketch–, nature seems to be winning the battle with urbanization here.
Lou Berner, a local biologist and board member of the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance, said the area including St. Edward State Park, O.O. Denny Park, Big Finn Hill Park and the Juanita Woodlands is the greenest space on Lake Washington.
I’ll be showing you more of that green in the nexts posts. Stay tuned!
March 18, 2011 at 6:35 PM
Sketched March 15, 2:46 p.m.
Suzanne Tidwell and Beth Newfeld are using 35 miles of yarn to bring a splash of color, and a little controversy, to quiet suburban Sammamish.
Last December, the local fiber artists covered six 20-foot tree stumps at a busy intersection with giant winter-themed knitted socks adorned with embroidered snowflakes.
The self-funded temporary art installation has unraveled the community, drawing strong opinions from supporters and critics, including dozens of e-mails to City Hall and a Facebook page denouncing the bright socks as something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Councilmember John Curley said some people complain that the socks are frivolous and others love them for their whimsy. “You can’t argue about art.”
Thanks to a county grant, Tidwell is back at the knitting machine rushing new pink, yellow and purple spring-themed socks to be installed in April. She said the socks turn a natural eyesore into a fun sculpture and give passers-by a reason to pause and smile.
The trees are located at Northeast Fourth Street and 228th Avenue Northeast near Eastlake High School.
The city originally left the diseased cedar trees as 20-foot stumps for a possible totem project, but in a recent council meeting it was decided to remove them completely by the end of the year.
“Now we are going to have spring socks, summer socks, fall socks and then we’ll chop them off,” said Curley.
The tree socks are not the first urban knitting project for Tidwell, 42, and Newfeld, 49. Last spring they wrapped seven light poles and forty bollards in front of the Sammamish City Hall. And last January they knitted a 50-foot-long scarf for the Fremont Troll.
What next for these woolly warriors? I’d say, watch out Space Needle!
Sketch-worthy Seattle. Where should I take my sketchpad next? Do you know of a good sketch story waiting to be drawn? I’d love to learn about it. You can send me your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook or Twitter.
May 18, 2010 at 8:14 AM
May 13, 7:18 a.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]
Last Thursday I caught up with bike commuter Glenn Hinrichsen at Lake Sammamish Parkway near Marymoor Park. It was not even 7 in the morning and he had already covered more than two thirds of his 16-mile commute from Kenmore to Bellevue. I was hardly awake.
Hinrichsen, 59, started biking to work 8 years ago and now bikes pretty much everywhere. “I log a little bit over 3,000 miles a year. I’ve got 1,400 so far this year,” he said.
A year after he took up cycling, Hinrichsen found out he had two blocked arteries in his heart during a routine medical checkup. “I had really high cholesterol,” he said. He had a stent put in his heart but a week later he was on the bike again, riding the Daffodil Classic, a cycling event in Pierce County. “It was only a 20 mile loop,” he said.
Now he said his cardiologist is “happy as a clam.”
“He said he never saw anybody’s cholesterol drop so much without medication and it’s all because of my biking,” said Hinrichsen before pedaling away to work. “I wish I had picked it up 30 years before.”
April 27, 2010 at 4:00 PM
April 26, 3:19 p.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]
We do a lot of pretend shopping in my family. We go into a store but just look. We hardly ever buy anything, not impulsively at least.
The impulse to draw, on the contrary, is harder for me to overcome. After browsing in a store in downtown Bellevue Monday afternoon, I made my family wait 10 minutes while I did this sketch — color added later at home. The fact that I don’t come to Bellevue often made the impulse even more irresistible — if you are a sketcher, I’m sure you can relate to this feeling.
Bellevue always strikes me as bigger than I think it is. While visiting a couple of years ago, my father-in-law actually thought he was already in Seattle the first time he drove past it on I-405.
A while back I also did a sketch at Crossroads shopping mall, where I really enjoyed seeing all the public art around the premises.
That time we actually bought something. Lunch.
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